Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 12:06 pm:
It's a vivid memory for me too. I was working at the time, across the street from Fort Detrick, MD. Otherwise known as "the bug factory" - LOTS of germ warfare...er..."genetic research" goes on there, fun stuff like ebola, and there was plenty of speculation about where flight 93 was headed, and would it hit Detrick, or was it supposed to go for the White House.
The most comforting thought I had was "well, if they do...I won't have to worry about limping away".
I didn't have access to a TV where I was, so it was all radio. The descriptions were horrible enough - when I got home and actually saw the videos, I couldn't believe it was real.
Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 02:47 pm:
Always a day in my thoughts. My dad worked at the WTC when I was a kid and I would go into the city during the summer. This jacket started as just a light weight riding jacket but when 9-11 happened I got the Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) patch given to me. ONE was the first response to 9-11 between US and Canada. Had a friend who was in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I have more in the sewing than the jacket costs.
Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 08:48 pm:
I remember hearing the beginning on the radio while driving to a job site. When I get there my machine was right next to the break area where the TV was on. I had one eye on the job and one on the TV, pretty much did the work on autopilot. Two weeks later four of us headed down to Ground Zero to assemble two machines on site. It was our second day there when the mission changed from a rescue operation to a recovery operation. That was pretty sobering.
Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 11:11 pm:
Deena Burnett, wife of Tom Burnett, passenger, United Flight 93:
It was silent, and I could feel my heart racing. [On the phone with me,] Tom said, “We’re waiting until we’re over a rural area. We’re going to take back the airplane.” I became very frightened and I begged, “No, no, Tom. Just sit down, be still, be quiet, and don’t draw attention to yourself.” He said, “No, Deena. If they’re going to crash this plane, we’re going to have to do something.” I asked, “What about the authorities?” He said, “We can’t wait for the authorities. I don’t know what they can do anyway. It’s up to us.” He said, “I think we can do it.” Neither of us said anything for a few seconds. Then I said, “What do you want me to do? What can I do?” “Pray, Deena, just pray.” “I am praying. I love you.” Tom said, “Don’t worry. We’re going to do something,” then he hung up.